Vendors who spoke to Southern Eye claimed police officers were moving around vending stalls in Bulawayo high density suburbs and the city centre forcing them to buy Commissioner-General, Augustine Chihuri’s Funfair raffle tickets which cost $2 each.
A vendor who spoke to the publication on condition of anonymity said that the police threatened to impound his wares when he said he did not have money to buy the tickets. The vendor said:
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About seven police officers mounting bicycles approached me and my colleagues at Entumbane shopping centre. They produced the raffle tickets and asked each one of us to buy a ticket. When I told them that I did not have money to buy the tickets, they threatened to impound my goods and take me to Drill Hall police station to pay a fine for illegal vending.
Police sources at Bulawayo Central police station who spoke to Southern Eye revealed that each police officer at every police station has been allocated several tickets to sell to raise money for the funfair.
Augustine Chihuri is a retired Zimbabwe law enforcement officer and former Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General. He is a war veteran who received his military training at Mgagao in Tanzania as well as the longest-serving police chief in Zimbabwe since Independence. On 13 November 2017... Read More About Augustine Chihuri
Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city and it is 439km from the capital, Harare, 111 km from the Botswana border, and on the line of rail via Victoria Falls to Zambia and the copperbelt. Its location was the home of the last Matabele (Ndebele) king,... Read More About Bulawayo